The Bartlett School of Planning


John Tomaney Publishes Book on Local and Regional Development

22 July 2016

Local and Regional Development

Local and Regional Development, a new book by the Bartlett School of Planning's Professor John Tomaney, Professor Andy Pike (Newcastle University) and Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (LSE) provides an accessible, critical and integrated examination of local and regional development theory, institutions and policy.

Actors and institutions in localities and regions across the world are seeking prosperity and well-being amidst tumultuous and disruptive shifts and transitions generated by: an increasingly globalised, knowledge-intensive capitalism; global financial instability, volatility and crisis; concerns about economic, social and ecological sustainability, climate change and resource shortages; new multi-actor and multi-level systems of government and governance and a re-ordering of the international political economy; state austerity and retrenchment; and, new and reformed approaches to intervention, policy and institutions for local and regional development.

Within this context, Local and Regional Development addresses the fundamental issues of ‘what kind of local and regional development and for whom?’, its purposes, principles and values, frameworks of understanding, approaches and interventions, and integrated approaches to local and regional development throughout the world. 

The approach provides a theoretically informed, critical analysis of contemporary local and regional development in an international and multi-disciplinary context, grounded in concrete empirical analysis from experiences in the global North and South.  

The book concludes by identifying what might constitute holistic, inclusive, progressive and sustainable local and regional development, and reflecting upon its limits and political renewal.

About the Authors

Andy Pike is Henry Daysh Professor of Regional Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, UK.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics, UK.

John Tomaney is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK.

Publisher's Website

Available from Routledge:

Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A., Tomaney, J., 2017. Local and Regional Development (2nd Edition). Routledge.